Dear Lighting Concepts,
I’m about to start redecorating my home this year, and I know that one of the most important things I can consider is the lighting. I’ve been told that it can dramatically influence the feel of the room, so I want to make sure I do it right. I’m not sure where to begin. Should I look for lighting that is influenced by my home’s architecture? And what are some popular trends? My wife keeps telling me that she wants to go with brass, copper, and crystal chandeliers—but isn’t that out of style? I’m so used to seeing plastic and resin in modern homes. Help!
Louie, Long Island, NY
Don’t fret, we have some answers for you. First of all, your wife is right. Trends in lighting are reverting back to a more old-world look—so the brass, copper, and crystal chandeliers are totally in style. We have a few theme ideas to help you get started.
- Casually elegant: This is a great way to make your home pop. You can achieve it by creating a warm, relaxed, and comfortable environment. Do it with casual lighting that’s a bit more upscale in design.
- Simple and traditional: Get rid of stuff that you don’t need. Use decorative lighting with brass—but get something that looks stripped down and antique.
- Soft and contemporary: This is a great way to make the architecture of your home work with the lighting. Homes are getting taller, and so is lighting. So get fixtures that are clean, modern, and simple.
We hope this helps!